Thursday, January 3, 2013
2008 Haiwan 9988 Ripe Brick 250g
Happy New Year 2013. I had not posted in my tea blog for the past 3 weeks. I had a good reason - really - I was moving house in Dec, packing all 120+ cartons of stuff and completed the move on Christmas Day morning. And.....our family went to the airport in the afternoon for a short holiday in Guangzhou.
I have unpacked most of my stuff and I will show you my tea cupboard and tea brewing space in my later blogs. At least, it's a relief that I now have my tea sessions back on a regular basis.
I managed to get some tea stuff in Guangzhou during this trip. While I dropped off my family at the famous 'Wan Ling' mall where my family can buy their goodies, I sneaked away for 2 hours to my fav Guangzhou tea shops to buy my own stuff. I had called ahead a month earlier to enquire on teas I was interested and had reserved them for pickup when I was in China. Yes, you can see I had bought another tea tray as well. (.....also the teapot, an induction kettle set, a few gaiwans and over 20kg of tea). The wood grain pattern of the tea tray caught my eye. Resistance was futile at this point.
The 1st pu I opened in my new place was this 2008 Haiwan 9988 ripe brick. This Haiwan 9988 ripe pu brick was first introduced in 2008 and have become a mainstay of the Haiwan ripe tea factory, and is produced every year since. For my new readers, '9988' here refers to a recipe code. So if you liked this tea and want more of it, just asked for Haiwan 9988. You will usually get the latest version and might have to pay a bit more for the older versions.
This tea makes a nice cup of ripe pu erh tea. Nothing fancy. This tea exudes a nice characteristic Haiwan ripe tea scent and a very mild sweet finish. An inexpensive - cheap and good - tea.